I’m So Exciiited, I’m So Exciiited (+ Giveaway)

Is it any shocker that today’s lunch included carrot slices?

Carrot + Cuc + Tomato

Since I had a carrot the size of a toddler chillin’ in my fridge, I knew I better start eating that bad boy since it will likely take me five years to get through the whole thing.

I enjoyed the sliced carrot with cucumber and grape tomatoes alongside a fakie-bacon and cheese sandwich, made with two Morningstar Farms veggie bacon strips.

Fakie Bacon

For a lil’ sweetness, I also included a cup o’ Motts natural apple sauce which brought me back to childhood.

Mott's Natural Apple Sauce

The Full Spread

Speaking of childhood, I was am a huge fan of Saved by the Bell and read in a magazine this morning that today is Jessie Spano‘s birthday and she is now 38 years old.

Jessie Spano

This clearly must be false. She is only 28. Time does not fly that fast!

Anyway, happy birthday Jessie! I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m so… scared for you. πŸ˜‰ (Seriously, who gets that loony on caffeine pills?)

Chocolate Indulgence Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Chocolate Indulgence Giveaway is…

Fallon: “I love putting chocolate chips on top of my self-serve yogurt, like Yogurtland!”

Congrats, Fallon. Please email me (pbfingers@gmail.com) with your mailing address so I may pass it along to the folks at Stonyfield!

Gourmet Nutrition Book Giveaway

A giveaway two days in a row? What is this?

When Jessica, the wonderful woman behind the new blog Give Away One Thing A Day, contacted me about hosting a giveaway on my blog I was immediately intrigued by the unique concept behind her blog. Jessica started her blog in an effort to bring more positivity into her life and focus on doing something good for others.

When someone wins a giveaway offered through Jessica, they are asked to “pay it forward” by giving away an item of their own and sharing their story with Jessica. (Just FYI, you do not have to have a blog to enter this giveaway. If you win, you may giveaway something to someone you know and simply tell Jessica about it.)

Jessica is offering one reader a copy of Gourmet Nutrition, a cookbook for “the Fit Food Lover.”

Gourmet Nutrition Cookbook

According to the book’s website, “We’ve taken the healthiest ingredients and whipped them into nearly 300 pages of delicious culinary creations that you can serve with confidence to the most discerning foodie – or the most nitpicky nutritionist.Β  We’ve included detailed cooking instructions and ideas for improvisation.Β  And we’ve even photographed every recipe in beautiful color to show you just how appetizing healthy food can be.”

To enter this giveaway, simply comment on this post below.

Jessica will randomly select a winner tomorrow, so be sure to check her blog to see if you won! I will also post a link to Jessica’s announcement of the winner once Jessica has randomly selected someone.

Good luck you foodie lovers, you!

179 Responses

  1. I love the idea behind the giveaway!

  2. I love her page! Please enter me!!

  3. this is such a cool idea πŸ™‚ and i’m still cracking up over the Jessie Spano quote in here! hilarious!

    • it’s in my head now! i keep singing it over & over… zach morris needs to come comfort me. i’m having a caffeine-pill induced meltdown. πŸ˜‰

  4. I am the ultimate (Fit) Food Lover and would love nothing more than that cookbook. πŸ™‚

  5. Sweet I love this!! And I love the Jessie bit – haha πŸ˜€

  6. I use to pack applesauce in my lunch everyday in elementary school!

  7. Jessica has got such a fantastic idea going here! Doing good for others always makes me feel great, so I definitely understand where she’s coming from. The book sounds right up my alley, too!

  8. I would love this cook book! I am starting to get bored with some of the healthy recipes I have and am finding myself slipping to less healthy options that are easier.. I need some healthy spice in my life!

  9. that veggie bacon looks so interesting…haha it looks like the fake bacon you find in little kid kitchens:)

  10. Yay! Enter me!

  11. I would love this cookbook! I always want to try new recipes but I feel like the recipes at my mom’s house aren’t very healthy 😦

  12. What a great give-away! I am always looking for recipes like this, as I am a foodie at hear who loves good food, but also strive to cook healthy foods….we all know those don’t always go together! πŸ™‚

  13. I’d love a new cookbook!

    & surely the rest of the Saved by The Bell Cast is still in high school, right? Because I know I haven’t gotten any older since it debuted πŸ˜‰

  14. Um, that is insane! I remember watching Saved by the Bell like it was yesterday. Time does go by way too fast.

    I love those Motts natural applesauce cups. We always have some for M and I nab one here of there too. πŸ™‚

  15. I freakin’ love Saved By the Bell. Still watch it.

  16. I love Jess from Save by the Bell…. your lunch looks yummy!

  17. I actually bought a box of that veggie bacon two days ago, and let me just say, that stuff is pretty darn good! I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the real stuff now πŸ™‚

  18. I read the give away one thing a day blog! LOVED it!

    and I looooove bacon sandwiches. I put mustard on mine!

  19. I would love to get a copy of that cookbook!

    Do you like that veggie bacon? I’ve tried veggie sausage but never the bacon.. im intrigued.

  20. Haha SBTB was my favorite show. I just caught a few reruns the other day. The one where Screech plays in a chess tournament for his school and Valley tries to sabotage him. Oh what a good show!

  21. I would LOVE to win that cookbook!

  22. I’d love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

  23. Jessica’s blog is so great! I love her mission of bringing about positivity and paying it forward. Who couldn’t use a little more of that in their lives? Thanks for the link, Julie!

  24. Oh man, I need all the help I can get in the cooking department… that book looks perfect!

  25. I just stumbled across your blog the other day and I love it! I checked out this book and it looks fantastic. I would love to have this as an addition in my cookbook collection!

  26. This cookbooks looks great! I am not a genius in the kitchen ,so I always welcome new recipes! Like everyone else, I’d love to win too πŸ™‚

  27. That “I’m so excited” Saved by the Bell with Jessica was on today at 7:30am! haha I watched while I was getting ready for work.

  28. I love cookbooks that have pictures of every recipe! I might need to just buy this cook book!

  29. I don’t have a blog, so it’s nice that this is a giveaway I can participate in!

    Ps.. Saved by the Bell was the greatest show ever! I’d do anything to see Zac and Kelly’s wedding episode agan!

    • aw, dena, you can always participate in any giveaway i have on my blog even w/o your own!!! πŸ™‚

  30. I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now and am inspired to start trying new food options… this cookbook would be amazing!

  31. I love this pay it forward, I’ve seen it on several of the other blogs I read, so great!

  32. That is one of my favorite SBTB episods – I can’t lie, I have the box DVD set. Holler. =)

    And I looooove carrots – I need to find a big carrot like that!

  33. I love cooking in a way that is tasty and fuels me for an active life!

  34. What a great idea for a blog! I loved Saved by the Bell and have watched every episode mulitple times- to my surprise my boyfriend recently admitted he loved the show too and always watched it growing up!

  35. Saved by the Bell was truly one of my favorite shows as a kid. It is scary to think how much older they were than me and yet I totally wanted to go to Bayside!

  36. Please enter me in the giveaway

  37. I’d love to win this cookbook! My fiance doesn’t like eating my “rabbit food” or anything made with whole wheat, so if this book can help me appeal to his less-than-civilized (:-P) tastes, I would love to try it!

  38. I love cookbooks!! I have a slower cooker book that I have read cover to cover I can’t count how many times!! This would be a great addition to my collection!!

  39. I always love a new (and healthy!) cookbook!

    Good luck in the half this weekend. I was supposed to run it but a jerk injured my ankle so I have to sit it out!

  40. Moving to a new apartment in a week with a brand new kitchen so I’d love some new recipes!

  41. I think her blog concept is great! I am sure that if people gave more than do currently, it would make them and everyone around them much happier. Great concept!

  42. Ah! I love John Berardi’s stuff. I listen to the Fitcast podcast where he’s been a guest, and I love listening about what he has to say about nutrition.

  43. Haha that episode of Saved By the Bell was actually on TBS this morning. I wonder if they knew it was her birthday.

  44. What a nice giveway! πŸ™‚

    And THANK YOU for the Saved by the Bell post. It literally made my day! I used to be obsessed with that show– and friends claim that no one can stump me in SBTB trivia (which I believe to be true). Poor Jessica Spano…if only she had liked the taste of coffee! πŸ™‚

  45. Oh I could totally use this book. With a picky 2 year old and a picky 30 something year old husband, I need all the help I can get in finding good AND nutritious recipes!

  46. Love Saved By the Bell. 38 for real? No way!!!

    Love Jessica’s idea, too! Please enter me! πŸ™‚

  47. I actually met Dr Berardi and had a good discussion with him! I would love to win this book!!!
    THANK YOU!
    Barbara

  48. yayyy fun giveaway! enter me πŸ™‚
    i used to love saved by the bell. i’ve secretly been watching it this summer on tbs in the mornings when i can’t sleep in lol

  49. Yes another giveaway saweet:)
    id love the cookbook.
    and i love the jessie comment. saved by the bell is like the best show ever i never get tired of it haha ive prob. seen every episode a trillion times πŸ™‚
    Have a GREAT day!! πŸ™‚

  50. sweet deal. that’s so inspiring. i wish i could giveaway tons of stuff…if only i could afford all the shipping everyday.

  51. that book looks great! love that it has color images of all the recipes!

  52. I’d love to win that cookbook!

  53. I’d love to win this book!

  54. Loved Saved by the Bell.
    They don’t make TV sows like that anymore.

  55. As a silent reader I am speaking up, this book sounds awesome!

    Julie-as I’m trying to shake off a few pounds this summer (thanks to my freshman year at Purdue) I found your blog and it is the only one I follow. I love it all, seems like you’ve really got it together! Thanks for all of the inspiration πŸ™‚

  56. Looks like a great book to expand my cooking skills!

  57. I am running low on healthy recipes – this cookbook looks great!

  58. I LOVE Jessica’s idea!!

  59. That is a great idea, I will have to check out her blog!

  60. Ah, SBTB. Goood show. I miss it. That was a funny episode though. It’s crazy how scandalous that was back in the day, but now it’s nothing.

  61. Sounds like a neat idea! Would love the cookbook.

    PS – I miss Saved by the Bell. I actually used to watch rerun episodes at the gym in the morning a few years ago. πŸ™‚ Nothing like ellipticaling to Zack and the crew!

  62. What a nice idea Jessica had for a blog. It’s always so refreshing and inspiring to know that there are so many people doing good things for those that they don’t even know πŸ™‚

  63. I love that episode! Oh Hot Fudge Sundae . . . .

    And the giveaway (and blog concept) sound amazing!

  64. I would LOVE to win this book! It looks amazing and full of great recipes!!

  65. Love reading your blog and thought it was funny it was jessi’s birthday today! i saw that caffine pill episode this morning on TBS!

  66. I would love that book!

    p.s. Julie, anytime anyone says “i’m so excited”..I automatically say that whole scene

  67. Oh i love new cookbooks…as long as they aren’t too hard for me to follow πŸ™‚

  68. I need to win this book! For someone as interested and intrigued by nutrition as I am, I don’t do any cooking. I’m so ashamed!

  69. Good idea! I’d love to win the book : )

  70. wow i cant believe jessie is almost 40! i always sing that song hahahah.. i loveeeed SBTB!

    p.s. julie i have missed you while i was gone! xoxo

  71. I have the same Birthday as Zack Morris! (and Justin Bieber)

  72. I love getting new cookbooks!

  73. I love new cookbooks! I love new recipes, I read your blog daily and you have really inspired me to start my own. I feel like having a blog and having (at-least a few) people reading it daily, helps hold me accountable. It also encourages me to find and try new recipes. So having a new cookbook would be like everyone having it, because I would share the “goods”. πŸ™‚

    Good-luck this weekend!

  74. I love cookbooks! I would love to win this one!

  75. hahaha omg that the best episode! it was on this morning, i watched some before work πŸ™‚

  76. I need to learn how to cook…haha this cookbook could be helpful.

  77. My dad really needs a new cookbook! This would be great for him!

  78. This looks like a great book! I just got engaged and am looking to become healthier so that I can look and feel my best on the big day and so that I can enjoy a happy healthy married life with my new hubby! πŸ™‚

  79. Sounds like a great book!

  80. I want to mask healthy foods for my boyfriend with gourmet foods!

  81. I love Saved by the Bell too! And I totally remember that episode with the caffeine pills! lol. The actress that played Jessie is actually on CSI: Miami. (I don’t even know her real name!)

  82. Yay for giveaways and doing good in the world!! I ❀ cooking and love getting inspiration and new recipes from great books…this one looks like a winner πŸ™‚

  83. I would love to win this book! I’m trying to ease my parents into cooking healthier and this looks like a perfect cookbook for them!

  84. Wow, that cookbook looks wonderful! I am always looking for new healthy recipes to try! Thanks for the chance to win!

  85. Saved By The Bell still holds a special place in my heart ❀

  86. We doesn’t love SWAG?!

  87. What a great concept, the book looks great too!

  88. The book looks fascinating.

    Reading your blog encourages me to break out of my normal food habits and try different things. I’ve already gotten myself hooked on cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, Babybel cheeses and spinach as a direct result of viewing your food choices. Next, per your suggestion, I plan to integrate nutmeg into the mix.

  89. Looks like a great cookbook!

  90. I remember the caffeine pill episode! Too funny! This cookbook looks amazing πŸ™‚

  91. Would love to win that cookbook!

    Also every time you make turnip/parsnip “fries” they TRULY look like fries! MUST remember to get a parsnip next time I’m at the grocery store and make some for myself πŸ˜‰

  92. Would love to win this book!!!

  93. This book is exactly what I need to spice things up in the kitchen!

  94. 1) Saved by the Bell is on tv exactly when I run at the gym. So clearly I’m the girl laughing as I run…it’s a little awkward.
    2) I’m trying to convince my mom to use more veggies as a base to meals rather than pasta or meat, so this cookbook would be PERFECT.

  95. I watched Saved By The Bell this morning while I was getting out of the shower and it was that episode where she was addicted to the caffeine pills…too funny that you referenced it here!!! And no, I can not believe she si 38 although she was probably already in her 20’s when that show was filmed! haha!

    AWESOME giveway I would love that cookbook!!!

  96. This is an awesome giveaway….instead of being used up immediately, you can use it forever –

  97. I think that episode of Saved By the Bell is forever burned into my memory… classic

  98. hahaha. i think everyone remembers that saved by the bell episode….that line especially!

    i would love to win that cookbook! i need all the help i can get!

  99. I would love the cookbook. Keep up the great blogging, Julie! I love it!

  100. i love saved by the bell! watched it this am actually πŸ™‚ i’d love to win the cookbook, thanks!

  101. I’d love to win the book and I love SBTB!!

  102. I would love that cookbook! I love gourmet cooking–i’m learning–so finding a cookbook to incorporate more nutrition into recipes would be a dream! πŸ™‚

  103. i would love the cookbook for some new healthy ideas!!

  104. Oh man! I just bought Anthony Bourdain’s book, let’s add another foodie book to my list. πŸ˜‰ I also love Saved by the Bell too. :p

  105. What a great day on PBF! I am a serious lover of all things in today’s post–Mott’s No Sugar Added Apple Sauce, facon (fake bacon), Jessie Spano, and yummy new recipes in the form of a cookbook giveaway!

  106. I thought Zack Morris was so cute, I married my own Zach πŸ˜‰

  107. I’ve read and re read all my cookbooks and cooking magazines…I’ve got taste of homes from 1995 laying around. I could use a new cookbook to spice things up in the kitchen!

  108. that lunch looks so simple yet delicious!

  109. I would LOVE to win this book!! I love cooking!!

  110. I use to love Saved by the Bell. I was in love with the boys, except for Screech.

    I would love that book!! Every Saturday I go to the Farmers Market and stock up on veggies and fruit. It would be so nice to have some new fresh ideas.

  111. Love it! Thanks for posting!

  112. Who doesn’t love Saved By The Bell????? Currently singing the theme song in my head!

    FABULOUS giveaway!! I would definitely rock out some of those recipes for the BF!

  113. I would love to be entered for this giveaway. The book looks awesome. πŸ™‚

    misusedinnocence@aol.com

  114. i love the blog! i hope i win i never win anything ever!! lol and this would so make my day! πŸ™‚

  115. Looks like a great book!!!

  116. that looks like a great cookbook! Thanks!

  117. That cookbook looks amazing, I’d love it!

    ps. Just watched saved by the bell this morning – SO GOOD!! I defenatly remember that caffine pill episode…it was a pretty intense one for the show.

  118. I loved Saved by the Bell! What a great giveaway!

  119. First things first…I LOVED/LOVE Saved by the Bell and often sing that song! I have seriously thought about naming a post the exact same thing!!
    Second– The book looks amazing! I would love to add more recipes to my collection. I just got married on July 11th and yesterday was our first day back to reality after a 2 week honeymoon and I cooked my first meal for my husband. Can’t wait for more! So excited for you and Ryan!

  120. That cookbook speaks to me. It wantssss to be in my cabinet. (Woah, maybe I should lay off those caffeine pills…)

  121. What an AMAZING blog! I love the whole pay it forward idea πŸ™‚

  122. That cookbook looks like it would not disappoint! I’d love to win it :).

  123. I LOVE that idea and I would LOVE this cookbook!! πŸ™‚

  124. My sis & I always laugh about that episode. Do you remember when the girls make up the work-out video to the song….”Put your mind to it, go for it, get up and break a sweat…rock’n”roll, you ain’t seen nothing yet.” I’m not going to lie…we break it down to the youtube video every once in a while. πŸ˜‰

    Love the cookbook!

  125. moving into my own apartment soon and would LOVE to have some new recipes πŸ™‚

  126. I like the concept…it would be nice to spread the love through gift-giving.

  127. Saved by the Bell was awesome. I can’t believe it’s been so long!

    I’d love to win that cookbook, sounds neat!

  128. I’d love to enter! Thanks!!

  129. what a great idea for a cook book!!! i’d love to enter.
    nothing like applesauce to bring back school lunch memories =)

  130. I would totally love that cookbook. And applesauce is always a staple in my house. So tasty!

  131. […] giveaway will be hosted by the lovely Julie of Peanut Butter Fingers!  Check her blog this afternoon for the giveaway link.  The winner will be posted here […]

  132. I would love to add her cookbook to my collection!!

  133. That cookbook sounds amazing! As I need all the tips I can get when it comes to the kitchen! I am never a begger…BUT….”Pick me, Pick me!” πŸ˜‰

  134. That sounds like an awesome book!!!!

  135. mmm i have those ingredients and would love to try that recipe!

  136. I love cookbooks! I would to add this one into our collections πŸ™‚

  137. ahh you can never go wrong with healthy cookbooks πŸ™‚

  138. I could use some more recipe ideas!

  139. Gourmet nutrition? Yes please!!

  140. i love cooking! i waaaant!

  141. That cookbook is perfect for me! Crossing my fingers that I win!

  142. That book looks great — I would love to win!!

  143. Yum, gotta love applesauce! Sounds like a great read πŸ™‚

  144. That book looks amazing! I would love it!

  145. I need to learn how to cook a bigger variety of meals! I’d love to win haha

  146. I would love to win a book that could help me learn how to cook delicious and healthy food for myself!

  147. That cook book looks amazing! I’d love to learn a bunch of hearty and healthy recipes to make for family& friends! πŸ˜€

  148. Wow, I would love to win that book, I love cooking healthy dishes =]

  149. this cookbook sounds great! i love her website too πŸ™‚

  150. I would love to win that book!

    Awesome Giveaway!

  151. Something sports and food related in one book? Count me in!

  152. I loved Saved by the Bell too! But really, who didn’t? πŸ™‚

  153. What a neat idea for a site!

  154. I love the concept of her blog!

  155. I remember being so excited for my Dad to pick us up from school….because that meant that I could watch Saved by the Bell!

  156. I’m still in denial that Jessie Spano is 38 years old! Good grief.

  157. I would love to win that book! I cook healthy things I see on blogs but I don’t have a cookbook!

  158. that book looks great! I would be so exciiiiited to win! (and not at all scared πŸ™‚ !!)

  159. this book sounds awesome!

  160. this is such a neat concept!

  161. i’m getting married in two weeks and we’ve asked for tons of cookbooks. this would be a perfect addition!!!

  162. So fun…pick me! πŸ™‚ That looks like an awesome cookbook! Great giveaway!

  163. Healthy recipes?! Count me in! πŸ˜€

  164. It’s my Mom’s birthday soon. I would love to win for her.

  165. ash – wow. time really does fly. i remember watching that as a kid. as for healthy recipes? yum! i could use some new ones for when i go back to college. it’s easy to eat healthy at home but hard when you’re in a little town that doesn’t do farmer markets and only one type of grocery store (i miss having a variety!)

  166. I love your blog! It inspires me so much to begin one myself. My main passion in life is clean eating and daily fitness, challenging myself everyday. I’ve been struggling with gastritis and IBS and I’m finally getting to a good place. All I do at work all day long is read all these amazing blogs!

  167. I’d love this book!

  168. I’m in “need” of a new cookbook- would perfectly fulfill me :0)

  169. I never watched Saved by the Bell–Id much rather spend my time cooking up delicious healthy recipes like the ones in that cookbook! ;).

  170. veggie bacon is so yum! try the sausage patties too! they’re my favorite for making breakfast sandwiches!

  171. I would love to win that cook book. What a great giveaway!

  172. The book sounds amazing! I would love to win it!!!

  173. […] Jessie Spano would say, “I’m so excited! I’m so excited!” (Side note: Why is this the second time I’m referencing Jessie Spano on my blog in […]

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